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Ask James Brown
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions about how fan and media calls for coaching changes affect players and also gives his assessment of the Horns' 2007 season.

Men's hoops:

Texas Tunes Up at TSU's Expense
No. 8 Texas tuned-up for its showdown at top-ranked UCLA with a 98-61 shellacking Wednesday of out-manned Texas Southern. But here's why this year's Longhorns are better, overall, than the Kevin Durant club that was one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament.

Doing It Without Durant
With the loss of All-Everything superstar Kevin Durant, there was a lot of doubt heading into the 2007-08 season. But with a 5-0 record and a rout of No. 7 Tennessee, now, the only question is how far can the the Longhorns go?

Longhorns take control in 2nd half
Austin American-Statesman
Jump shots bounced off the rim. Missed layups fell harmlessly into their opponents' hands. For half a game Wednesday, the Longhorns did not look like the team that pounded Tennessee four days earlier. Then eighth-ranked Texas outscored Texas Southern by 30 in the second half, cruising to a 98-61 victory in front of 6,102 in the Erwin Center.

UT men use second-half surge to get job done
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Rick Barnes rarely moved Wednesday night, keeping his chin cupped in his right hand and his head on a swivel. During his Longhorns' 98-61 victory over Texas Southern, Barnes left the cheerleading to his assistants. And against a Tigers squad that tossed in 3-point rainbows from every corner, the No. 8 Longhorns did indeed need some uplifting.

Longhorns tame Tigers 98-61
Daily Texan
By the time the Longhorns were done dismantling Texas Southern last night at the Erwin Center, the Tigers were jacking up desperate 3-point attempts in an unsuccessful bid to narrow the deficit. Instead of making up ground on Texas, the Tigers lost it, missing each of their three long-range shots in the final 1:45 before falling 98-61 to the No. 8 Longhorns.

Pittman leads slew of succesful bench players with nine points
Daily Texan
While Texas' regular leaders took that role in last night's win over Texas Southern, the Longhorns also got strong production from its bench. Non-starters accounted for 24 of Texas' 98 points, with Dexter Pittman's nine points leading the charge. Head coach Rick Barnes is looking for more, though.

Longhorns' Augustin adjusts on the fly
Los Angeles Times
The Kevin Durant Show packed up and left for the NBA, but Texas is getting along pretty well without him. That's thanks in no small part to D.J. Augustin, the Longhorns' 6-foot sophomore point guard who will be running the show when No. 8 Texas plays at No. 2 UCLA on Sunday in the headliner of the first Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

Hoops recruiting:

J'Covan Brown Talks Commitment
After almost a year of waiting, Texas basketball fans got their wish on November 15th when Port Arthur combo guard J'Covan Brown became the first commitment in their 2008 class.

Women's hoops:

Preview: Texas-Arlington at Texas
Austin American-Statesman

Freshman wins starting role
Daily Texan
Senior guard Erneisha Bailey entered the season as the third-leading returning scorer and the only returning player to start all 32 games last year. The bench was probably the last place Bailey could have imagined herself being six games into the season. Along came freshman Kathleen Nash.


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